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WPT Power earns 3rd Award

WPT Power Corporation has received a SHARP award from the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This is the third time the Wichita Falls, Texas manufacturing facility has earned the SHARP recognition, which is given to small to medium-sized employers with exemplary safety and health management practices. 

WPT Power earns SHARP recognition

“The safety and well-being of our employees, customers or anyone who enters our facilities is most important,” says Roger Gardea, Safety Coordinator. “We are very pleased to be recognized for our team’s dedication to a safe work environment,”

Read the full story here.

Competitive Gaming rising popularity in Wichita Falls

With the growth of competitive gaming in Wichita Falls, it’s no wonder some local businesses are capitalizing by offering gaming spaces. More businesses are opening their doors to competitive gaming like The Deep End and Maniac’s Mansion in Wichita Falls.

Local player Ryan Puente has been involved in the scene for years. He’s competed in tournaments in Lawton and the Metroplex but is glad more local opportunities are growing.

I love it, it’s about getting that gaming community together that’s been my main push through all this. Seeing new faces out there and more competition, because I’m tired of driving to Dallas just to get my butt kicked out there.”

Ryan Puente

If you wonder what a smash tournament is like, here are the highlights, showing 3 of the crews that showed. V family, Monsta crew, and Deep End strike team

Posted by The Deep End on Monday, September 16, 2019
Facebook Video from The Deep End

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Senate Bill 1200 helps military spouses utilize professional licenses

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – A law that went into effect September 1, 2019, allows military spouses to utilize out of state professional licenses in the state of Texas.

“The license reciprocity law enables them to get to work shortly after moving to a military installation in the state, something that has been a barrier or hindrance in the past.”

“Military spouses are often over-educated and underemployed, a result of restarting a career after a permanent-change-of-station move. The new law, she said, is a game changer for military spouses and their families as well as employers and communities.”

Adrene Wike, Director of Business Intelligence Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce

Read the full story at Sheppard Air Force Base.

Workforce Solutions offers job training opportunities!

“The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, or WIOA for short, is a program that give jobs seekers a the chance to get their education paid for and train for popular careers in the Texoma area such as becoming an LVN getting a CDL or receive HVAC and welding licenses”

To be eligible for the program applicants must meet certain requirements.

For people ages 16-24 some of the requirements include being disabled, pregnant or parenting, or a student that has not completed high school.

For adults over the age of 24, requirements include people who are receiving unemployment or public assistance.

Click to visit NewChannel 6 and learn more

Modernizing Wichita Falls schools still in planning stages

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) – Things are moving forward when it comes to long term plans for middle and high schools in the Wichita Falls ISD. School board members met for a work session and while it’s still not official, they now have a more focused direction.

“There are no votes cast but I think we decided on some sort of a two high school model whether that’s two equal high schools, or a large school and a small school,” superintendent Michal Kuhrt said.

The meeting began by providing the proposed plans for middle schools in the district.

For Kirby the plan is to close it in 7 or 8 years, citing the current maintenance issues, and lack of room for expansion. It was also brought up as a possible location for a new administration building. McNeal and Barwise will both stay as middle schools. At McNiel there’s plenty of room for expansions and is a good candidate to become an elementary school later down the line. At Barwise they discussed the possible addition of a retention pond and road connecting the campus to Maplewood Ave.

To find out tentative plans for the local high schools, click here.

Rep. Thornberry honored by U.S. Chamber

Representative Mac Thornberry was honored with the Spirit of Enterprise award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce during a young professionals’ meeting recently.

This award is given in recognition of his support for pro-growth policies. “The Republican who represents North Texas thanked Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce leaders for presenting him the national award based on his votes on designated issues.” Read more here

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Our mission is to build a better community through economic development, advocacy and services for our members.

Kendall Web | Webster Coffee

“Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce was a great resource for me. They helped me find data that I would not have been able to get on my own.”

– Kendall Web, Webster Coffee

VA Clinic coming to Sheppard Air Force Base

As the need for local VA grows this facility couldn’t come any sooner.

“It will be constructed in the next couple of months. We expect a new clinic to be open in April to July of next year.”

Oklahoma City VA health care center Medical Director, Wade Vlosich

This may not be the answer to all the problems but it’s certainly a step in the right direction.

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Chocolate shop opens in Downtown Wichita Falls

Brooke Willis, the owner of B Cocoa Artisan Chocolates, moved her flourishing chocolate shop from Finishing Touch Plaza to Downtown Wichita Falls at 809 8th Street. One of the unique things about their new location is the drive-thru! This old building downtown was previously the site of a bank and the owners chose to take full advantage.

Willis is a chocolatier with talents to put flavors where you want them, in your mouth! Be sure to come by and check out their eclectic space, specialty chocolates (like the Texas Rita margarita, or the spicy habeñero Hotter ‘N Hell themed flavors) and enjoy 3 separate sitting areas.

This delectable, locally-owned chocolate shop also showcases coffee from Odd Duck Coffee, B-Pops popsicles, and more.

Read about the grand opening celebration held in conjunction with the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce here.

View the live Ribbon Cutting video.

We are here celebrating LIVE the SWEETEST Grand Opening kickoff! Live music, food, sweet treats and all the fun will continue inside at 5:30pm!!You still have time to make it to the party, 809 8th Street. Congratulations again to B Cocoa Artisan Chocolates on their new location!#downtownwf #PoweredbytheWFChamber #ribboncutting

Posted by Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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